Important Public Policy Opportunities

NAO continues to magnify the issues impacting our nonprofit sector with policymakers and philanthropy. This work is fast-moving at times, so we appreciate your indulgence in this special policy message. We have two important opportunities for nonprofits to be heard and to directly impact solutions, but we need your engagement! We hope you will engage in both initiatives and join us in making the changes we need to benefit the people and missions we serve.

Date: Monday, November 20 from Noon - 1:15 p.m. (PT)

Presented by: National Council of Nonprofits, NAO, Social Current, and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

The Urgency of Government Grants Reform for Your Nonprofit

No, it’s not just you; the government grant system is truly broken and needs fixing. And ready reforms are at hand, but only if charitable organizations take action now. This webinar is designed to highlight the many challenges charitable nonprofits face in seeking and performing under government grants and will also identify progress in reforming grants laws and practices at the federal and state levels. We’ll draw attention to the results of bad grantmaking policies – notably the nonprofit workforce shortage crisis and the systematic exclusion of many groups from grant opportunities. Participants will hear from experts on the results of bad grantmaking policies, such as nonprofit workforce shortages and organizations getting shut out of grants, and learn about legislative and regulatory solutions that you can help influence to ensure reduced burdens, greater access to funding, and better outcomes.

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Date: Wednesday, December 6 from 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. (PT)

Co-Facilitated by: 

Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Public Policy Director, NAO

Dashiell Elliott, CEO and President, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington  

Guest Speakers:

Jill Borrero, Chief Operating Officer, Fund for the City of New York and Chai Jindasurat-Yasui, Vice President, Policy, Nonprofit New York 

NAO Policy Lab: The Role of Foundations In Gap Funding for Nonprofits

Too many charitable nonprofits in Oregon are impacted by late payments from government grants, contracts, or appropriations. We also know that there are foundations that have worked with government to find the supports to nonprofits with low-cost bridge funding. Join a conversation with Oregon nonprofits and foundations to learn about a collaborative effort by New York City foundations to provide no-interest loans, returnable grant funds, and arts capital loans to the nonprofit sector. We will feature guest speakers from the Fund for New York City who will explain how this effort started and what it has meant to the nonprofit sector. We’ll discuss what Oregon nonprofits and funders can learn from their experience.

Policy Labs are part of NAO's Modernizing Grant Funding and Contracting Project. They are discussion groups focused on specific grant-making and contracting issue areas that aim to develop and advance policy concepts legislatively.

This session is free and available to NAO and GOSW members only.

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